The Malta Environment & Planning Authority is committed to ensure that land use and the protection of the environment meet the needs of today`s society and future communities. We are working to ensure a quality of life that will be in harmony with the our natural, cultural and built environment. In so doing we are seeking to implement sustainable development that safeguard the environment.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is the national agency responsible for land use planning and environmental regulation in Malta. Established under the mandate of the Environment Protection Act (2001) and the Development Planning Act (1992) of the Laws of Malta, MEPA is also responsible for the implementation of around 200 Directives, Decisions and Regulations under the EU Environmental Acquis.
In addition, MEPA acts as the national focal point under a number of international environmental conventions and multilateral agreements, including the Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. The Authority employs over 420 personnel from a wide range of backgrounds to help solve and shape our country's environmental and land-use issues.
The Authority is governed by a Board whose responsibility it is to provide strategic guidance within the Authority. The board, comprising a maximum of 15-members and spearheaded by the Executive Chairman, is also responsible for deciding upon certain planning and environmental permits. Members within the board, which include two representative members of Parliament, bring with them a wide ranging knowledge and experience in matters relating to the environment and development, including commercial, industrial and social affairs.In addition, there are a number of appointed boards and committees, which provide strategic guidance or expert advise to the directorates to ensure that the organization fulfils its functions and responsibilities efficiently and effectively, in line with its legal obligations.
MEPA’s operational functions and responsibilities are carried out by the work of four main structures, namely:
The Planning Directorate processes development applications; is responsible for enforcement; policy development and plan making, transport planning and research.
The Environment Protection Directorate advises Government on environmental standards and policies, draws up plans and provides a licensing regime to safeguard and monitor the environment and controls the activities having environmental impact.
The Directorate for Corporate Services, is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Mapping and Land-surveying, support services and Finance.
The Chairman’s Office is responsible for providing the framework within which the MEPA Board together with the Commissions and Committees operate. The secretariat is the point of reference for issuing and communicating the Board's and Commissions' decisions and in this context are a primary point of contact for ministries, departments and agencies as well as the general public. The Communications Office and Complaints office are an integral part of the function of this office.
There are a number of boards and committees, which provide strategic guidance for the Directorates to ensure the organization fulfils its functions and responsibilities efficiently and effectively, in line with its legal obligations.
Our aim is to pass onto our children a better country than we inherited. It is for this very reason that we compare our environment to a treasure, something we place our energies in, to protect, care for and improve. The environment encompasses all - nature, cultural and architectural heritage, towns and villages, the countryside, the seas and air. We believe that together we should carefully plan so that our heritage, this gem which we treasure, will not fade away.
The Malta Environment & Planning Authority is committed to ensure that land use and the protection of the environment meet the needs of today's society and future communities. We are working to ensure a quality of life that will be in harmony with the our natural, cultural and built environment. In so doing we are seeking to implement sustainable development that safeguard the environment.
We will achieve these aims through:
and unstinting service aimed at the social, economic and cultural development of the country.
which involves everyone's abilities in planning for effective land use and environment protection for us and for future generations.
and commitment to foster an awareness in favour of the environment.
To achieve the vision that we have set for Malta, we need to work carefully, responsibly and with a dedicated service so that together, with everyone's contribution, we will reach our attainable goal. We believe that it is only by implementing these principles in every process and decision that we can attain the best social, economic and cultural results for our country. This we cannot and do not wish to do alone, we are here to listen, understand and give the necessary support to those initiatives that are fostered by individuals or the community. In this way, everyone will be contributing towards enhancing this awareness and we will be in a better position to anticipate tomorrow's opportunities, today.
Our guiding principles shall be:
fairness and timeliness in our decisions and their efficient and transparent enforcement.
in the attainment of the common good while respecting the opinions and aspirations of society.
in implementation through ability and accountability.
in all we say and do.
The Values which inspire us to fulfill our obligations are those which leave a positive effect on society. Our values are rooted in justice which are manifested in wise and timely decisions appropriately enforced. If we apply these values with commitment, we will be contributing to building the common good , a concept this derived from our country's Christian roots. These values, professionally applied, give evidence to the Authority's integrity in all it does and says.